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Ask a Cycling Coach Ep 317

Belgian Waffle Ride, Equipment Upgrades, Recovery Tactics and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 317

Santa Cruz Bicycle’s Keegan Swenson joins us to talk about his two National Championship wins and his unexpectedly bumpy ride at Belgian Waffle Ride, as well as answering your questions on recovery modalities and joining us for a discussion on equipment upgrades and more.


Muscle Fiber Composition, Pro Cyclist Data, Crashing and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 316

Muscle Fiber Composition, Pro Cyclist Data, Crashing and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 316

What muscle fiber type is best for cycling, how do you influence it, and how much of it is genetic? We’ll cover this as well as pro cyclist data and why many athletes don’t share it, how to race in dangerous circumstances and manage crashes and much more in Episode 316 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!


Heart Rate Deep Dive, Tulsa Tough, FTP and VO2Max and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 313

Heart Rate Deep Dive, Tulsa Tough, FTP and VO2Max and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 313

Coach Chad is back! This week we dig into how VO2max affects FTP, why heart rate may be lower or higher for different people at different times, and discussions about positioning in aggressive groups, heat, crashing and more inspired by Tulsa Tough.


Peak Fitness, All-Out Efforts, Elevation Training and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 311

Peak Fitness, All-Out Efforts, Elevation Training and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 311

How to reach and maintain peak fitness for as long as possible, how many all-out efforts does a rider have each year, how to use elevation training and heat training to get faster and much more in Episode 311 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!


A-Event Training, Pregnancy and Cycling, Mid-Ride Nutrition and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 310

A-Event Training, Pregnancy and Cycling, Mid-Ride Nutrition and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 310

Whether it’s elevation, heat, technicality or just an abnormally strong field, going the extra mile to make sure you are ready for your goal event can make a big difference. Tune is as we discuss this, as Amber shared what she is learning about pregnancy and cycling, and as Pete shares tips on mid-ride nutrition in Episode 310 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.


Losing Fitness, Raising Power with Nutrition, Aero vs. Power and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 309

Losing Fitness, Raising Power with Nutrition, Aero vs. Power and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 309

Detraining happens any time we decrease training stimulus, but how quickly does it happen, how can you retain as much fitness as possible, and how should you adjust your race strategy as a result? Join us for a deep dive into this and many other topics in Episode 309 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.


New Training Plans, Pro Racing, Left/Right Balance and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 308

New Training Plans, Pro Racing, Left/Right Balance and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 308

Get an inside look into why and how we updated all of our training plans with data from Adaptive Training, a question from a pro cyclist on how World Tour racing differs from amateur racing, how to best use Left/Right Balance and more in Episode 308 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!


Rest Week Nutrition, Air Density, Smelling Salts and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 307

Rest Week Nutrition, Air Density, Smelling Salts and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 307

Why are you always hungry during rest weeks and what can you do about it? Does air density affect physiological performance, and can smelling salts make you faster? Tune into Episode 307 of the Ask a Cycling Coach for these topics and much more!


What it Takes to Be a National Champion with Erica Carney – Ask a Cycling Coach 306

What it Takes to Be a National Champion with Erica Carney – Ask a Cycling Coach 306

Erica Carney is one of the all-time best American crit racers, but her goal of winning a pro national criterium championship took years of hard work to achieve. Tune in as we answer your questions about tactics, bike handling and more, and discuss what Erica did to improve her tactics and abilities each year to finally win the 2017 Women’s Pro Criterium National Championship.


Race Intensity, Recovery, Outside Interval Training and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 305

Race Intensity, Recovery, Outside Interval Training and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 305

Getting used to race intensity can be jarring, so how do you prepare yourself before race day? We’ll cover this, a deep dive on outside interval training, various discussions on what affects recovery and how to manage it, and much more in Episode 305 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!



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